I am Ugandan male , a teacher and a researcher by profession . I run a community based organisation working in the rural areas in Kisoro, South Western Uganda. Its number one priority is giving hope to the vulnerable people in the community through capacity building . We run a charity school that educates orphans and vulnerable children, support women living with HIV / AIDS , Batwa life improvements and we build capacity through training in mushroom growing, fish ponds, tree nurseries , nutrition , and Batwa.
Our ambition is to connect people and the environment in disadvantaged communities of this part of the world and to encourage individuals to make a difference.
To offer genuine opportunities to volunteers to contribute to the sustainable development and capacity building in some of the earth’s most fragile, but beautiful and inspiring communities of this corner of the world.
Who can volunteer?
Any individual outside there with an open-mind and enthusiasm, flexible, and with a passion to support community sustainable development and conservation in rural Uganda through sharing his knowledge and skills.
Because it offers an incredible experience, life varying encounters in the world’s most interesting places, outside tourism or, beyond whatever you’ve perceived with your senses before.It is an authentic and inspiring once-in-a-lifetime experience that actively contributes to community capacity building.
It will give you an opportunity to give a hand insustainable development and conservation that adds value to lives of disadvantaged people and the places they dwell in. You will be given chance to work right at the grassroots, hand-in-hand with individuals and groups in remote areas, empowering communities towards sustainable development and a chance to support established projects and inspire new initiatives.
You will be able to immerse yourself amongst fascinating cultures in the world’s most beautiful places. Sites are located in some of the world’s most fragile yet beautiful places, which provide adventurous souls incredible and unique travel and volunteer experiences.It gives you an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a beautiful community on the border of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Safety and security, volunteer safety is a top priority for us, we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams
Enjoy a comfy accommodation in a fascinating remote and rural location and a comfort of a hospitable, motivated great team of people.
Uganda lies astride the Equator, where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle, making this an area of unimaginable biodiversity. There is no other country in the world like it. Over 100,000 species of animals, including the famed mountain gorillas, 1,200 species of butterflies, call Uganda their home. Explore the world’s second largest lake, Lake Victoria, and see the headwaters of the mighty Nile River. Uganda is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries to travel.
Rubuguri Parish, inKisoro District, South Western Uganda,the home of the Our project is a green, swanky, hilly and remote area, it is not a dry dusty Africa you may have read about or you may have experienced. This is a home away from the crowds, to a very hospitable and friendly community that you will definitely enjoy living in. We’re nestled in a beautiful small village right on the southern borders of one of Africa’s most impressive national parks, surrounded by rolling hills, majestic lakes, tropical rain forest, extinct volcanoes – it’s an awesome landscape with immense biodiversity.
Projects are based in and around the “ small town” which will sometimes involve walking to reach the people you’re working with, particularly if it’s the Batwa tribe who live right on the edges of the forest where there’s no road. It’s a place where you’ll keep fit. In your free time the hiking is brilliant, the wildlife surreal, you’re surrounded by nature and you get to live and work with fun, inspiring local people. This unique opportunity offers you authentic immersion in rural Africa where you’ll feel totally safe, relaxed and inspired every day.
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
Travelers will get opportunity to learn a lot from their volunteering experiences in the community, they will have free accommodation and free feeding that will involve eating organic foods fresh from the gardens ; they will get a chance to experience and immerse themselves in different local cultures, they may learn a language or local skills such as craft making , weaving or construction. They could use the volunteer experiences to develop a research study. They will enjoy the luxury of being guided by the most experienced guides in the community .
Education lies at the core of our sustainable development objectives, because knowledge builds individual capacity, understanding and ultimately creates greater choice.
There are many Primary Schools in the Southern sector of Bwindi. Despite this, not everyone living in this community has had the privilege of attending school or access to other forms of vocational education.
The Project supports a number of schools in rural villages bordering the national park – including nursery, primary and secondary schools. Our role in schools is to help teachers design and deliver a more engaging and productive environment for their students as well as supporting extracurricular activities. We also work on a number of educational initiatives with adults and children outside the school environment, enabling academic, vocational or social learning opportunities to be open to a wider proportion of the community.
We also run an orphanage and a school that meets the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in the community.
You could be involved in
Training local teachers in new methodologies to help improve the engagement and productivity of children in formal schools and raise teacher satisfaction and motivation.
Working closely with local teachers to improve methods in managing big classes and engaging kids more effectively, as well as supporting in lessons.
Teaching or mentoring English, IT, Maths, Business, Science, Art, Sports or other relevant subjects, both inside and outside of schools, to individuals, small groups or big classes.
Running workshops on relevant vocational or social topics to a group of women.
If you are willing to be flexible, learn and understand a very different education system, work across a mixture of educational initiatives, bring enthusiasm to your work and are happy to share your time and knowledge, you will be a great asset to the team and the community. You will discover how appreciative your students will be and no doubt learn a lot in return.
Our health projects focus on both children and adults living deep in the villages bordering the Bwindi Impenetrable National park. Health is a critical foundation for development in Uganda and this Project is interested in prevention and improved community health services.
You can be involved in the following health activities
Teaching basic disease prevention skills, hygiene and sanitation, first aid or perhaps and any other community basic health needs
Take part in developing innovative methods that can be used in home health care services such as tools such as Tippy Taps.
Spending some time improving the local clinic and their services if your background fits.
Assist in health researches that could shed light on health issues
Assist in the study of indigenous medicinal plants development
We are very passionate about inspiring local people to take simple steps that prevent illness to reduce mortality rates and medical bills, and promote healthier happier lives.
You do not necessarily have to be a medical person to qualify for this experience, if you are well and good, but if you have a wide knowledge on health issues you fit in into the program
Culture and Arts
This part of Uganda is so rich in culture; the cultural heritage of the Batwa People is a thrilling and fascinating one. They have cultural values engraved in their indigenous knowledge that can be traced tonowhere in the world. Unfortunately their stories are not documented. Despite globalization, they still hold their traditions.
As a project we are trying especially to document the Batwa cultural heritage, their indigenous knowledge and their cultural values. We aim to strengthen cultural values that can be lost in a changing world and raise pride through celebrating the fusion of different cultures in this area.
The Batwa themselves are very intelligent in their own way, they have natural voices that are unmatched with any good musicians you have ever heard, and they are great dancers. There is also a lot of talent in the Batwa and the local people that we would love to see burst into action.
You could be involved in
Documenting, cultural values and indigenous knowledge of the Batwa people
Interviewing local people to discoverdeeper insights into the cultural and natural heritage of southern Bwindi.
SupportingWomen of Hope in developing a higher-quality tourist souvenir range that stands out.
Combining the local talents of blacksmith, tailors, weavers, carvers and others to create new products.
This project offers varied engaging opportunities for people with a passion for ethnography and phenomenological research, culture, drama, music, dance, arts and crafts, history or anthropology.
This is aimed at improving the livelihoods of the people who are small-scale agriculturalists.Better methods of farming especially organic methods, business, strategy, finance and marketing are all areas we need help in to teach local people about improved planning and business basics to set the foundations for sustainable enterprises in the community.
You could be involved in
Conducting business clinics and workshops
Mentoringthe locals to drive local economic development.
Helping to design or develop business plans for various enterprise ideas.
Teaching good farming practices and good seed selection.
This is a resource-constrained environment so our volunteers must be willing to transfer their skills and knowledge to a very different context and should enjoy discovering simple opportunities from available financial, physical and human resources. It’s a great challenge and pushes you to think outside the box. Through these projects you will be a real part of building the foundations for a self-sufficient community in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an ancient forest in Africa’s Western Rift Valley which is renowned for being home to half the world’s endangered mountain gorilla population. Its survival is particularly important for many reasons. Gorillas live in this small haven surrounded by cultivated land and if the forest disappears, so will they.
Bwindi is a very important and rich ecosystem supporting an enormous diversity of flora and fauna as well as the people that live on its boundaries. Conservation within the national park and concerted efforts in the local communities living on its borders are critical. Big Beyond conservation work predominantly takes place within the communities to raise support for the conservation of the forest, its gorillas and other natural resources. We work with children and adults, aiming to help local people protect their remaining forest through greater understanding. We are also striving to regenerate the natural environment within the communities and work closely with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to achieve various goals inside and outside the national park.
You could be…
Helping to design and develop a botanical garden for use by locals, tourists and scientists.
collecting flora specimens and contributing to an archive for educational and research purposes, working closely with members of the local Batwa and Bakiga tribes to gather important botanical knowledge and help integrate local insight into conservation objectives.
Engaging the community and planting indigenous trees.
Developing the first bird database for the southern sector of the park.
Involved in school wildlife club activities to inspire future generations of conservationists.
Foraging in the mountains of Bwindi forest to collect indigenous tree seedlings and assisting in the nursery for community reforestation initiatives.
Conservation projects are dynamic and can include a range of physical and educational tasks. We do not work directly with the gorillas but do a lot of critical work around their survival and the forest they inhabit.
Tourism is an emerging sector for southern Bwindi, beginning when gorilla tourism opened in the early 2000s. Today there are seven habituated gorilla groups in this area, which means more and more tourists are likely to travel to this part of the national park in the coming years. Infrastructure is following but the community still plays a very minor part of the whole business.
If planned and managed well, tourism has the potential to be a very powerful development and conservation tool in Africa, particularly in some remote locations. Our dream is to see a significant proportion of the community genuinely involved, benefiting and leading tourism in their home areas. In this way, local people can benefit from the conservation of Bwindi forest, particularly for economic development and other associated positive impacts. It also means they are more likely to support the protection of Bwindi forest.
You could be…
Training local guides to deliver experiences to international tourists.
Teaching hospitality or other relevant workshops to a budding local workforce ready to work in tourist lodges.
Supporting and teaching online marketing and helping to put southern Bwindi on the map.
Mentoring the club to manage their own finances and operations.
Developing partnerships with tour operators and hotels to help the community become beneficial suppliers.
Working directly with the local farmers to grow various high-quality vegetables for the local hotel industry.
Helping the craft ladies develop and market their range of top-notch souvenirs that stand out.
Mentoring cultural performers to share their stories through dance and drama.
Other roles involve being out and about in villages, at lodges or exploring the nearby mountains. You do not need to be a tourism expert as there is a wide range of roles available. You will also learn firsthand how tourism can be incredibly influential in such parts of the world.
There is a big gap between research and policy making in Uganda .There is a need to conduct ground breaking research in rural Uganda to generate knowledge and to build an extensive portfolio of data and information to support communities to live better livelihoods .We harness information as evidence to both further investigate proven areas of need and to monitor long-term change more generally.Volunteers can combines academic and applied empirical research methods to investigate local levels of multidimensional poverty or any other social problem
You could be involved in
Carrying out action research that will benefit the community
Doing a study on a social problem in the community
Doing an ethnographic or anthropological study on the culture and arts
Developing a resource data base for indigenous knowledge
Documentation of knowledge in relation to a preferred subject
Or just be be an intern researcher
A self contained simple house with single and shared rooms , there is solar power-electricity is getting installed , there are showers with warm water. It is in a silent environment with birds singing in the morning and surrounded by trees of different species that give a spacious stay. It is located near a road and accessible and has full time security.
They can go for gorilla tracking, mountain climbing, nature walk, swimming in Lake Bunyonyi, carry out a study, participate in local sports or get involved in music dance and drama . You can even enjoy a beer in the local bars or just a soft drink. The available transport means include cars and motorcycles( bodaboda )
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week